Australia’s new Prime Minister Scott Morrison has held three ministerial posts – but it’s his time as Minister of Immigration and Border Protection under former Prime Minister Tony Abbott that he’ll best be remembered for.
In 2013 he began the “Sovereign Frontiers” operation. Muslim illegal migrant smuggler boats were routinely turned back to sea and Muslim asylum-seekers taken to remote Pacific detention centres on the Manus Islands in Papua New Guinea and Nauru, where they remained indefinitely until they could be sent back or pawned off on other nations. And in a sign that the government meant business it tasked the Australian Navy with patrolling Australia’s coastline.
The result? Muslim migrant wannabe boat arrivals in Australia were cut to virtually zero.